Warmer temps help road crews clear remaining slick spots

Posted January 30, 2014
Updated January 31, 2014

Crews work to melt snow and ice in Johnston County on Thursday.

— Rising temperatures will continue to improve the condition of secondary roads in the Triangle on Friday, but icy spots could remain in some spots thanks to overnight lows in the teens.

Highs in the upper 30s Thursday helped state Department of Transportation crews continue to clear snow and ice from roads that we left behind by Tuesday's winter storm.

Those crews will be back in action Friday, checking primary streets for problem areas and then hitting secondary roads with salt and plows to take care of the remaining slick spots. No major problems were reported during the morning rush hour, and crews were expected to be out following the morning commute in an effort not to disrupt traffic.

"Friday we will initially focus on checking the main roads that were cleared Thursday, like U.S. 70 and U.S. 401, to see if any icy patches developed overnight that need to be treated," state Department of Transportation Spokesman Steve Abbott said Thursday. "Then it is time to hit the secondary roads hard, including those in local neighborhoods. The sun and even warmer temps will be a great help to the cleanup efforts."

DOT crews from Durham, Person and Vance counties will move to Wake County Friday to help clear secondary roads.

Highs Friday are expected to climb to near 50 degrees under mostly sunny skies, signaling the beginning of a warmer trend in the forecast, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. Saturday temperatures will reach the mid-50s.

"Our real arctic air is on its way out," she said. "We're in for a big, big warm-up as we head into the weekend, but we have some rain to go along with that."

Despite the warmer weather, slick spots on many secondary roads led several area school systems – including Wake and Cumberland counties – to cancel classes for a fourth consecutive day. See a full list of closings.

As many students return to school next week, what falls from the sky might be rain. There's a 40 percent chance of rain Sunday and a 50 percent chance Monday through Wednesday.

"It looks like we're going to settle into a completely different weather pattern, with warmer and wetter conditions," Gardner said.

High temperatures early next week will fall back into the 40s.


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  • sunshine1040 Jan 31, 2014

    What crews clearing the road Mother nature will have full responsibility same as she always has in my neighborood

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jan 31, 2014

    Guess all this proves one thing, we wasted hundreds of thousands on spreading the salt drink.

    Apparently it did absolutely no good with roads still an issue 3 days later and all over less than 3" of snow.

    NC DOT, proving once again anyone can do it.

  • Shamrock Jan 31, 2014

    I hope they get the rest of the slush cleared up so the kids can get to school Saturday. It will be nice out so they can still enjoy the afternoon.

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 31, 2014

    I should mention the beet juice is mixed with 80% salt to lower the effective melting temp to zero degrees. 80% salt is still better than 100% salt.

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 31, 2014

    In Canada they use beet juice to treat the icy roads. Works better than salt and is effective at much lower temperatures.

  • cammied1 Jan 31, 2014

    The DOT has enough salt on the roads to last 5 years. You think salt is a good idea putting it on the roads, see what your car looks like when it gets eat up with rust this year due to all that salt on the roads will end up under your car eating away your hard earned money you paid for your car. Keep the salt off the roads, if you like salty roads move up north where their cars are eating away by rust caused by salt.

  • sharonmontour Jan 31, 2014

    As of Friday morning the roads in many places are still terrible. The crews should be doing more than "checking" the roads... they should be clearing the roads. It doesn't do any good to have trucks out if they don't drop the plow! Clear the mess away and let the roads dry instead of leaving it to melt and develop more ice.

  • camperzsale Jan 30, 2014

    This global warming is killing me!

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jan 30, 2014

    A warm weekend means the kids won't be anywhere near a school.

  • Made In USA Jan 30, 2014

    Anything... I mean ANYTHING is better than these multi-COLD snaps of freezing weather we're been having. Let it rain let it rain let it rain... and LET the temperature rise baby! Spingtime ain't too far away either. Oh yeah! I am READY!